Know Your Rights

Below, we have compiled answers and resources to address Frequently Asked Questions about public assistance, SNAP, emergency assistance, and fair hearings.

I am having an issue with my public assistance or snap benefits or with an HRA employee. What should I do?

We recommend that you consider taking the following steps:

1) File a complaint with the HRA Commissioner. Click here to file a complaint online. 

2) Request a Fair Hearing on the issue. Click here to request a fair hearing online and click here for comprehensive information about the Fair Hearing process, including how to prepare for your hearing.

3) Secure free legal help to resolve the issue. 

how much should i be receiving in public assistance?

Click here to learn more about public assistance budgets, including the current charts for how much New Yorkers can receive in public assistance.

HOW DO i APPLY FOR snap BENEFITS?

Click here to apply online for SNAP benefits. Click here to find a community organization or HRA office near you where you can submit your application.

What are the income limits to qualify for SNAP?

Review the below chart for information about the current income limits (through Sept 30, 2016to potentially qualify for SNAP. Note that there are 2 different limits – households with child care costs* or who have an elderly or disabled household member* can have income up to 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. All other households must fall below 130% of the Federal Poverty Level. If you fall below the income limit, keep reading to calculate how much you qualify for!

FAMILY SIZE

MONTHLY INCOME LIMIT FOR ELDERLY, DISABLED, AND HOUSEHOLDS THAT PAY CHILD CARE *

200% Federal Poverty Level

MONTHLY INCOME LIMIT FOR ALL OTHER HOUSEHOLDS

130% Federal Poverty Level

1

$1,962

$1,276

2

$2,655

$1,726

3

$3,348

$2,177

4

$4,042

$2,628

5

$4,735

$3,078

6

$5,428

$3,529

7

$6,122

$3,980

*Elderly = 60 or older, Disabled = receiving some sort of federally funded disability benefits such as SSI, Social Security Disability (with a couple exceptions), child care costs must be for an adult who is working, in education, in training, or looking for work.

How much do I qualify for in SNAP?

The below chart shows the maximum SNAP monthly benefit amounts (through Sept 30, 2016)  depending on the household size. Depending on your income and expenses, you may be able to receive the full amount or less than the maximum amount. You can calculate how much you should qualify for in SNAP benefits using the online SNAP Budget Calculator.

Household Size

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

Maximum Allotment

$194

$357

$511

$649

$771

$925

$1,022

Are immigrants eligible for public benefits?

Yes! Many immigrants are eligible for public benefits in New York.

Check out the attached chart on Immigrant Eligibility to find out what social service benefits different immigrants qualify for in New York State. Click here to read our Know Your Rights fact sheet on immigrant eligibility for SNAP and PA in New York.

 

NYCHRA Decisions to Terminate NYCHRA Recipients Interviews

Safety Net Activist’s assisted to refresh the memory of NYCHRA Public Assistance Workers of their long-standing NYCHRA Recipient’s Interview Policy. NYCHRA Public Assistance Workers cannot “Terminate Interviews” without first prior approval of a Supervisor. A reminder email was released on December 11, 2015. Thank you NYCHRA HQ!